So, it’s the first of December already! Can you believe it? The chocolate advent calendar will be coming out of hiding today (I hid it from myself and, even though I knew where I’d hidden it I was very good and didn’t pinch a single chocolate) and thoughts will turn, if they haven’t already, to when exactly we’ll be putting up the Christmas tree, and how much furniture we’ll have to juggle around/move upstairs to fit it in. We bought an enormous tree a couple of years ago and then moved the following summer to a tiny two-bedroomed house with a living room a quarter of the size of the old one. But we just can’t bring ourselves to buy another, smaller tree, so …
Anyway, I digress. This post is to formally announce that my second Christmas book of the year, Belle, Book and Christmas Candle, is now published! Yay!
I’ve had this story in mind for absolutely ages, but never had the time to fit it in. Then I found a gap in my schedule – she says, sounding very busy and important – and went for it.
Of course, being me, I discovered that there was an awful lot more to say about my new fictional town of Castle Clair than I’d realised, so there will be sequels. Three of them. I’m quite looking forward to writing the rest of my The Witches of Castle Clair series.
I really felt at home in my little town, which is inspired by Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, a charming and stunningly beautiful place that nestles in the area between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. I used the wonderful castle, the old chemist’s shop, the viaduct, the river, the market place and several other locations in the town, turning them into fictional settings in my book. When I go to Knaresborough next I’m going to see it in a whole new light!
So, without further ado, here’s the blurb:
Do you believe in magic?
Sky St Clair doesn’t, and growing up in Castle Clair, a small town renowned for its mystical past and magical legends, she never felt she belonged.
Sky got away from Castle Clair as soon as she could, but when a run of bad luck leaves her homeless and jobless, she has little choice but to accept her sister Star’s invitation to return home for the festive season.
When Star has an accident, Sky finds herself running the family’s magical supplies shop. Wands, crystals, pendulums … really? It’s a tough job when she doesn’t believe in the products she’s selling, but how can she? Magic isn’t real, no matter what her deluded siblings think.
Jethro Richmond doesn’t believe in magic either. In fact, he doesn’t believe in anything much anymore, which is proving to be a bit of a problem for a writer of fantasy novels. With a self-constructed wall around his heart as high as Clair Tower, and his dreams as ruined as the town’s ancient castle, he’s lost all hope of repairing his tattered career. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a family like the St Clairs, and no matter what a certain little black cat seems to want Jethro has no intention of spending any time with Sky or her unusual sisters.
But this is a strange little town and, as the residents prepare to celebrate Christmas, Sky and Jethro might just discover that in Castle Clair, anything is possible. Even magic.
A romcom with a magical twist!
You can buy Belle, Book and Christmas Candle here.
Have a great week, and happy December!